Dear San Roque members,

As another week passes, the improvements to the course and to the Tony Jacklin House become more and more noticeable. We look well on track to dine with our new caterers from 3 July 2019 and the response to last week’s tasting menu was very encouraging. Members will have noticed the removal of dead trees (particularly behind the third) and the boar-proof fencing that is going up between the third tee and the fifth green. John Clarkin from Turfgrass was down during the week and Robert has confirmed that the course renovation plans are taking shape – turf replacement likely to commence in December this year – exciting times!

Irish Tour
Twelve members enjoyed a fantastic tour in Ireland where the weather was very kind and the hospitality exceptionally generous. We stayed two nights in the Malahide Grand Hotel and played our Interclub match v Hermitage on Monday – San Roque suffered a narrow defeat (3.5-2.5), but we eagerly look forward to hosting Hermitage for the return fixture later in the year.

On Tuesday, we played an individual stableford around the fantastic Island links golf course – David MacGregor took the honours with an outstanding 39 points (could have been 43 really). We then checked into the 5-star Druids Glen complex and travelled the short journey to play The European on Wednesday – slightly slower greens made for tough scoring on a beautiful track – Norman Savitz took the honours with a very steady 32 points.

On Thursday, we played our second interclub match of the week against Druids Glen around a quite stunning course. If you ever get a chance to play here, you simply must take it – the course is known as the Augusta of Europe and it is easy to see why! Once again, San Roque played well but suffered a narrow defeat (3.5-2.5) and we look forward to hosting our Irish friends in San Roque next year.

There are plenty of other stories to report from a thoroughly enjoyable week, but many have been lost in a haze of Guinness – besides which, what goes on tour, stays on tour!!

Speaking of tours, we now have 19 tourists for the Captains Tour of Portugal (8-13 September). I have been able to extend the maximum number from 20 to 24 places, so there is still time to join the fun! Please sign up on the board or contact Alicia to register your name.

Latest results
On Tuesday, David Steele took the roll up honours with a fine 38 points, Derek Rogers was second with 32 points and Wynne Harcombe third with 31 points. On Thursday, it was nice to welcome Victor Bjorlow back to the roll ups and he duly won with 35 points! Hugh Richards was second (also 35pts) and Zak Karkaletsos back in third (34pts). Thank you to Derek Rogers for organizing in my absence.

Over the weekend, attention switched to the Ladies Club Championship which was held over two days and was played from the blue tees. Congratulations to Debbie Richards who won the scratch competition with a gross 200, second place went to Pip Vincent with a gross 212. The net competition was a closely fought affair with Sarah Cronin prevailing with a net 154, Agi Savitz was second with a net 163. The prize-giving was followed by an excellent lunch – well played ladies!

Forthcoming competitions

This week, we have the usual roll up on Tuesday and the monthly mixed roll up on Thursday before the June Ranking on Saturday 1st June 2019 – please get your names down the lists are on the board.

Captains Chuckle

A man and his friend meet at the clubhouse and decide to play a round of golf together. The man has a little dog with him and on the first green, when the man holes out a 20-foot putt, the little dog starts to yap and stands up on its hind legs.

The friend is quite amazed at this clever trick and says, “That dog is really talented! What does he do if you miss a putt?” “Somersaults,” says the man. “Somersaults?!” says the friend, “That’s incredible. How many does he do?” “Hmmm,” says the man. “That depends on how hard I kick him up the backside!”

Keep swinging it well!
Your Captain